DDU Incoterms with Alibaba

I’m Importing from Alibaba, what Incoterms should I use?   When ordering on alibaba, manufacturers and suppliers often offer DDU shipping as the default option. This puts the manufacturer in charge of your entire transaction where you, the buyer, ends up overpaying greatly for shipping services. You also risk doing so without having any control […]

Importing alcohol to USA

Importing Alcohol to USA    Federal Basic Permit Persons seeking to engage in the business of importing distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverages as defined in the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) into the United States must apply for a Federal Basic Importer’s Permit (“Importer’s Permit”). To obtain an Importer’s Permit, the importer must file an […]

FCL and LCL Shipping

FCL and LCL Shipping FCL-“Full Container Load” is also the most cost effective freight method available, if counted by cost per volumetric unit and weight unit.  It means that your container is yours- you aren’t sharing the container with any other parties, and you are welcome to use it as you wish.  LCL, or Less […]

75″ Volvo Van Import

VEHICLE IMPORTS MADE SIMPLE! Cleared and Delivered just complete this import of a vintage 1975 Volvo Van from Thailand to East Hampton, NY.

Documents for Clearing Freight

Cleared and Delivered suggests being well prepared before clearing your goods through a U.S port. Below are 4 “must have” items for quick and easy customs clearance and delivery 1. The Commercial Invoice Have a detailed Commercial Invoice on hand-The Commercial Invoice (link) contains a vast amount of detailed information about your product, it’s manufacturer, […]

Duty-who is responsible for paying it?

The importer of record is responsible for paying duty. The seller of the goods cannot pay duty in advance. Be leery of sellers who claim duty on your purchase will be prepaid. Cleared and Delivered may pay duty on your behalf as part of their services in clearing your goods when they arrive in the […]

What is the harmonized tariff schedule?

The United States International Trade Commission, Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements is responsible for publishing the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). The U.S. Customs Service is responsible for administering the tariff and for processing import entries. The HTS provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported […]

The Importers Checklist

Prior to Shipment Fax request for current status. Review shipping & payment terms. Confirm that Customs Broker has been selected. Does Broker have Purchaser’s Power of Attorney? Does Purchaser have Customs Bond (Either Single or Continuous)? Confirm that supplier will include any Assists in shipment value? Confirm that country of origin product marking instructions are […]

Importing a car to the USA

Before you decide to import an automobile or car parts into the United States, you should ensure that the car or car parts conform to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. These agencies have very detailed requirements that can make importing a vehicle difficult, if not impossible, for some vehicles […]